This April, LNE Consulting is reflecting on the importance of eliminating excuses from our lives. Check out these five reasons to nix your excuse-making habit today.
1. Excuses make you look unprofessional.
Think about it — the real pros get the job done — NO MATTER WHAT! It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, if they didn’t sleep the night before, if they’re sick, or if the earth is rotating in reverse. True professionals rise above and figure it out.
2. Excuses lessen your credibility.
If you’re a habitual excuse maker, we’ve got bad news for you: most people don’t believe your excuses! They may work on someone you’ve just met who hasn’t been witness to your behavioral pattern yet — but don’t even get us started on what kind of first impression this makes! The bottom line is that whether your excuses are legitimate or not, they can very easily make you look like a liar.
3. Excuses set you up for a “boy who cried wolf scenario.”
This is something to genuinely be concerned about. Every now and then — truly once in a blue moon — something really does happen that warrants an “excuse.” This might include a death in the family, an extreme sickness or hospitalization, or something major along those lines.
But what happens if you’ve been making drastic excuses on a regular basis? Will people believe you when something real and significant happens? Will they care?
We’re all human, and life happens to all of us — so be careful not to play the emergency card when it isn’t warranted.
4. The excuse-making habit rubs off on those around you.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an excuse, you know how infuriating it is. One of the worst things you can do as a team leader is set the precedent for your team that excuses are acceptable. The same goes for your family, children, friends, and anyone around you for that matter. Excuses can be contagious — so if you don’t want to hear a list of reasons why someone didn’t show up when he/she was supposed to, be sure to obey the golden rule.
“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
5. Above all else, excuses hold you back from making progress.
A fulfilling life is all about moving forward, and one of two things usually happens along this journey: either you make excuses or you work towards results. So which will you choose?
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